The Hush Post: Taking back its decision within 24 hours, the Himachal Pradesh government has said that non-Himachali employees and their children will not be allowed to purchase land.
The Revenue Department has on September 1 issued a clarification to all three Divisional Commissioners and 12 Deputy Commissioners not to implement its earlier order of August 30, 2018. Such a relaxation would have opened avenues for many non-bonafide Himachalis to purchase land in the state, it is believed.
“Considering the apprehension being expressed by the field staff of the Revenue Department and also other sections of society, the decision has been put on hold till further orders,” read the letter from Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) to all DCs and Divisional Commissioners on September 1, 2018.
In its earlier decision on August 30, 2018, the Revenue Department had waived off many conditions liked the employee having served for minimum 30 years in Himachal. The relaxation had covered the wards of officers, whether they were living in Himachal or outside.
The latest decision of the BJP regime was meant to benefit only government officials and their children, which is being termed as a move to benefit only a small section.
Those who have been living here for the past 30 years or more, but do not own agricultural land, can buy land only after obtaining prior permission. Otherwise, any outsider is prohibited from buying land in Himachal under Section 118 of the Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972. The clause of Section 118 was put in place in 1972 by the first Chief Minister of the state, Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar, to protect scarce land holdings in Himachal from being purchased by outsiders, rendering farmers landless.
The decision of the present BJP regime was being viewed as a dilution of Section 118 of the Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972.